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Snow Troupe Top Star Mizu Natsuki Retirement Press Conference

Rough translation.

Snow Troupe Top Star Mizu Natsuki Retirement Press Conference
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On Friday, January 15th, Snow Troupe Top Star Mizu Natsuki held a press conference to announce that she would be retiring at the end of an as yet untitled performance which will run at the Grand Theater from June 6th to July 26th and the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater from August 13th to September 12th.

Kobayashi Kouichi (President of the Takarazuka Revue Board of Directors)
"Snow Troupe Top Star Mizu Natsuki will be graduating on the final performance at Tokyo Theater on September 12th. She experienced a lot of moving from troupe to troupe, and has grown and matured, becoming a model for Takarazuka, and I think she is now a major support to Takarazuka. She is also very dear to a great many of her juniors. Please gift her with your support so that she can shine more and more until the day she graduates."

Mizu Natsuki
"I will be graduating from the Takarazuka Revue on September 12th. Thanks to everyone who supported me from my Hatsubutai until this day, I can now announce my graduation peacefully like this. I would like to continue until the last day with the same stance I always have, facing my stage work with greater resolve than ever, and challenging myself. Thank you."

Q. What influenced your decision to retire?
A. Ever since I was honored with the main role in "Elisabeth", being on the stage was truly like being in a dream, and I wasn't consiously thinking of when I would quit, but I had a sense when we were doing "King Solomon's Ring / La Mariposa" that everything I had done in Takarazuka up till that point had reached fruition, and then I began to tangibly and consciously think about how much longer, how many more shows.

Q. What has you most excited about your sayonara performance?
A. As an underclassman my roles had a strong impression of being cool and sharp, and so I thought I must be that type, but as I've been given lighter shows and shows with a comedy touch I was able to expand my range of skills through running up against various walls. For the end, I would like to make a show that puts these inherent abilities and my own sense of self to the best use.

Q. How do you want to spend the remaining nine months until you retire?
A. I've always lived life to the fullest, so I want to work to create the best possible production along with fans and friends, to go to the very last without a single regret.

Q. Are there any productions that left an impression on you?
A. Of the many I've been given, all of them contributed to make me who I am now, but among them "Romeo and Juliet '99", "The Rose of Versailles", "King Solomon's Ring", and "La Mariposa". "The Rose of Versailles" was an instrumental production in my joining Takarazuka, to have appeared in it (let alone in three different roles), truly taught me a great many things. Without "The Rose of Versailles" I wouldn't be who I am now.

Q. How about AQUA5?
A. Again and again I was able to face new challenges, it made me think about what is the true greatness of Takarazuka, and I came to feel even more strongly about introducing more and more people to Takarazuka, so I am grateful for the valuable experience.

Q. A message for the fans.
A. Without the fans I wouldn't be able to stand on the stage as I have to this day, and there have been tough times, but because of the audience who came to fill our theaters I was able to stand, smiling, on the stage. If I get warm applause, no matter what was worrying me it could get spent n that time, and in that energy. So I'm very grateful, and I hope you will support the stage performer known as the otokoyaku Mizu Natsuki until the end.

Q. Plans for after leaving the Revue?
A. I love being active, so I think I'll probably want to do something with singing and dancing, and I'd like to spend my life learning by watching and listening to society. Rather than feel anxiety, I want to focus on the work in front of me now, and be hopeful about the things that I'll be seeing after I'm finished.

Comments

Thank you so much for the translation. Her future plans sound interesting - something journalism-related, maybe?
I want her to use her sister's connections in the Cirque du Soleil to get a job there. *laughs* That would be awesomely amazing....

Whatever she ends up doing, be it performing, journalism, dance instructor, or whatever, I'm sure she'll be great♥
Thankyou so much for the translation!

"I think I'll probably want to do something with singing and dancing"

*pumps fists excitedly in anticipation of probable music career post zuka*
I do hope so! Or, y'know, teaching-- that would be great too! :D
"I think I'll probably want to do something with singing and dancing"

Please oh please do this!
Would be truly awesome, wouldn't it? :D Sounds like she's got an inkling of what she wants to do, which is more than a lot of folks will say this early on.
Q. What influenced your decision to retire?
"I retire because I was so tired to have been pushed like this for more than a year and they wanted to renew the top star line-up like every two years to bring new fans and... errr... sorry, Kobayashi-shachô".

;-)

*snort* Incurable cynic! ;)
Thanks for translating~ I'm really thankful to have seen her live - I look forward to what she does afterward!
Me too!
Thank you for translating this.
My pleasure♥
Mmm, that's probably my unclear translation. The impression I got was that AQUA5 showed her how much she loved Takarazuka, by giving her a chance to perform in front of audiences who didn't know it, like at the games opening ceremony, and on popular quiz shows and such, and try and sell them on its awesomeness. ;D
My pleasure♥
"I think I'll probably want to do something with singing and dancing"
Please, please ^^
Oh, but she didn't answer about AQUA5 o.o... it's kind of 'only god knows....'

Thanks for the translation
Oh, but she didn't answer about AQUA5 o.o... it's kind of 'only god knows....'

That's probably my unclear translation. The impression I got was that AQUA5 showed her how much she loved Takarazuka, by giving her a chance to perform in front of audiences who didn't know it, like at the games opening ceremony, and on popular quiz shows and such, and try and sell them on its awesomeness. ;D
That's weird she mentions King's Solomon's Ring so many times as I went to see it and it certainly didn't leave a lasting impression or strike me as anything other than a non-entity of a performance compared to many others. It was very script heavy and a bit tedious....Maybe that's why? If only they had written her better scripts... T__T

I'm keeping my fingers optimistically crossed for the solo JPop career after Zuka...Otherwise I may die. :-(
I guess it's a matter of taste -- La Mariposa has been my favorite of her shows since she became a top star. ;) I think it gave her a chance to use a lot of the things otokoyaku work so hard to achieve in terms of body language and tone, the requisite romance and bromance, the angst.... 男役の美学♥

.... But then again, I'm incurably Certified as a fan of Masatsuka-sensei
Thanks for the translation~ ^O^
I need to go over some videos of King Solomon's Ring now... '_'
I definitely recommend buying it! I loved La Mariposa, and King Solomon's Ring was much improved on DVD (a lot less headache-inducing). :D
Oh, wow. Seriously? I can't take news such as these so fast! I was barely recovered from the Yumiko-shock! And was squeeing with glee cause my Rio de Bravo!! DVD had just arrived. Total mood whiplash. And 9 months? Wow! That's a long time from now! Isn't the usual time between announcement and retirement about 6 months? Touko's announcement was on October 2008 and her retirement on April 2009, Tani's announcement was on January 2009 and her retirement on July! o.o

So, we'll have some time to speculate. What will her sayonara show be? Will the "Nova Bossa Nova" rummors be true (she did sang Amor Amor in the 2009 special after all!)? Will Mika retire alongside her? And will Kimu be made Top? And couldn't Yumiko have waited for 6 more months? =/
Yeah, it does seem awful early, but I think the cat has been unofficially out of the bag for a while, so maybe they decided it wasn't worth waiting?

I'm really getting antsy for more of the 2010 schedule! I've heard the NBN rumor as well. I'm hoping for Kiriyan, since it was her shinko lead, but I guess we'll have to wait and see! :D

And couldn't Yumiko have waited for 6 more months?

I'm glad she didn't! This way she gets her own sayonara show and all of the publicity and such she's due without getting cast in the shadow♥ I rather suspect that's why they staggered the retirements. :)
Thanks for the translation (^.^)
And here I was hoping I would get to see her at last once live (>.<).
Hope she really continues singing and dancing...

Good luck Mizu <3
And here I was hoping I would get to see her at last once live (>.<).

That's always a bummer, but the wonderful thing with Takarazuka is how almost everything ends up on DVD, even if we can't make it to the live performances! ♥
I can't believe she'll be retiring! I almost said, 'so soon', but she's been doing leads for at least ten years now. I really wanted to go see her on stage in person--even if it was standing room only. I have visions of flying out there to see Roger and Rock on! in Tokyo... but I've never been alone in a country before and I don't speak Japanese.

Is there anyone else going to see this show?
I'll definitely be going to see it in Tokyo.

Not sure if anyone else is going to check back on this older entry, but I bet if you post a new one in the community and ask you'll find some others.... if the Yukigumi fans haven't spent all their money coming to see Hamako and Yumiko retire in a few weeks. ;)
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